Suzan Bawolek graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Anthropology in museum studies. She completed Northern Arizona University's post-baccalaureate program, and received her M.E.d from Arizona State University with a focus in cognitive processing skills. She melds her scientific and humanistic interests into her favorite integrated content unit, Karen Hesse's historical novel "Stowaway," which journalizes James Cook's 1768-1771 circumnavigation of the world aboard the HMS Endeavour. It details tracking the 1769 Transit of Venus from the southern hemisphere, charting New Zealand, encountering new cultures, and dominating scurvy.
Suzan navigates the scientific and cultural worlds with personal field trips to locales such as Chaco Canyon, NM; the National Radio Astronomy Very Large Array (VLA), NM; Tochimizolco, Mexico; Kennedy Space Center, FL and her personal highlight, the Johnson Space Center. While there, she witnessed first-hand the term, "batten down the hatches" as the facility prepared for Hurricane Rita.
She has shared her love of learning and discovery with her fourth through eighth grade students for nine years. Recreating a hands-on playground archaeological-grid site, facilitating her students' participation in NASA's Mars Student Imaging Program (MSIP), and navigating with them around Lowell Observatory on Flagstaff's Mars Hill and pre-historic Walnut Canyon keep her inspired.
"Godspeed Suzan Bawolek" (written on her July 21, 1969 original issue of the Boston Globe newspaper on September 19, 2005).
- Jerry Woodfill, former Apollo 11 and 13 Warning Systems Engineer